Talent Development Blog

May 17, 2019

Finding the Return on Relationship in Corporate Alumni Networks

Iím sure you know what return on investment is and that itís very important in business, but did you know that return on relationship, or ROR, is also important? We did a poll during our webinar Discovering the ROI of Corporate Alumni Networks and found out that 67% of the participants had never hea... More

May 10, 2019

The Difference Between a Mentor and a Coach

When talking talent development, there are a few options to choose from. Some you may have heard of are mentoring and coaching. While very similar, mentoring and coaching are different things. If you have read about the differences between mentoring and coaching but are still confused, you may need ... More

May 01, 2019

Mentoring Software Can Increase Mentor Matching Success

We are living in a world dominated by algorithms. Think about it. How many times a day do you use an algorithm without even knowing it? Did you search for a new recipe on Google? Google used an algorithm to give you the best search result for that recipe. Did you get on Facebook and scroll thr... More

April 17, 2019

3 Ways Boomerang Employees Improve Organizational Productivity

There are numerous benefits of maintaining alumni relationships, including the presence of boomerang employees. A boomerang employee is an individual that left your organization but wants to return. It may seem strange that you would want a former employee to return to your organization, but there a... More

April 10, 2019

Why Your Corporate Alumni Need Alumni Software

Alumni networks have become a hot topic as individuals are no longer staying with an organization for life. Implementing an alumni network is giving organizations that opportunity to maintain lifelong relationships with these former employees and reap the many benefits associated with doing so. As a... More

April 03, 2019

Hidden Benefits of Your Corporate Alumni Network

When considering an alumni network for your organization, you have probably heard about many of the obvious benefits. These can include boomerang employees, alumni ambassadors, and even new clients, but these arenít the only benefits available to you. As your former leaders and trailblazers become ... More

March 27, 2019

Tips for Maintaining a Successful Coaching Relationship

Corporate coaching has historically been a way to kindly escort bad executives out of their positions. However corporate coaching has evolved into something much different. It is now offered to a broader variety of leaders within an organization, and its intent is to improve them in their roles rath... More

March 20, 2019

3 Ways Mentoring Can Improve Stress

If you experience stress in your life, you are not alone. 80% of Americans reported at least one symptom of stress in the last month. But this is not just an American problem. Stress is proving to be a global issue. In fact, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence reported that 13.7 mi... More

March 13, 2019

The Importance of Communication for your Alumni Network

At some point, every organization has an employee that leaves. Many believe that these former employees arenít beneficial anymore, but that is not the case if you have a corporate alumni network. These networks retain the advantages of your alumni and keep them connected. However, in order to gain t... More

March 06, 2019

2 Tools to Use in Your Role as a Mentor

As a mentor, you act as a friend, role model, and guide to your mentee. They are looking to better themselves through the relationship, and you should too. Why? Because as a mentor, you can receive just as many benefits as the mentee. The benefits of being a mentor include improving communication sk... More

February 27, 2019

Mentoring Women to Overcome Challenges in the Workplace

Working women own over 10 million businesses and make up almost 47% of the workforce. While women account for almost half of all workers, they only hold a small percentage of executive positions. In fact, some male-dominated industries often see no women in their executive positions. It is importan... More

February 20, 2019

How to Increase Engagement in Your Alumni Network

Investing in a corporate alumni program brings many benefits to an organization. These benefits can include alumni acting as brand ambassadors, candidates for new and returning employment, and potential sales opportunities. To receive these benefits, your alumni network, participants must be engaged... More

February 15, 2019

5 Benefits of Leadership Coaching

It is known that leaders are at the core of organizations. However, shocking leadership development statistics show that 71% of companies do not feel their current leaders are able to carry their organization into the future. In order to combat these statistics, organizations are implementing a coac... More

February 08, 2019

4 Benefits of Maintaining Alumni Relationships

Why are corporate alumni relationships important if the alumni no longer work for your organization? Alumni can deliver assets to your organization long after they leave. Maintaining engaged alumni relationships gives both the organization and the alumni a chance to receive benefits. Here are 4 b... More

January 28, 2019

8 Tips to Maximize Your Mentoring Relationship

From improving employee engagement to filling knowledge gaps, mentoring has proven to be a reliable tool for career development. However, a mentoring relationship is only successful if all participants give 100%. One way to show that you are putting all of your effort into the mentoring relationsh... More

January 23, 2019

4 Ways to Improve Productivity Through Mentoring

Did you know that the top 1% of productive individuals add about $5,000 in profits for an organization every year? This is because 38% of individuals with above-average productivity are engaged. Mentoring is a tool that many organizations find useful for increasing employee engagement and ultimately... More

January 16, 2019

Traditional vs Modern Mentoring

When you hear the word ďmentoring,Ē what comes to mind? Most people think of a one-on-one interaction with a senior level individual teaching a junior level individual without the use of technology. If this is the case, youíre thinking of traditional mentoring. As the workforce continues to become ... More

January 10, 2019

3 Signs a Mentoring Relationship is Not Working

If youíve been in a mentoring relationship that didnít end well, then you can probably understand the consequences it has for participants and the organization. Itís important to recognize these signs early so the program doesnít lose credibility and participants in every mentoring relationship stay... More

January 09, 2019

4 Ways to Combine Formal and Informal Mentoring

Do you know the difference between formal and informal mentoring? Formal mentoring is a well-structured, highly organized program. There is typically a set agenda, length, and mentoring match. Informal mentoring is much more lenient. Goals are unspecified, outcomes are unknown, and mentees norma... More

December 26, 2018

When is the Right Time to Use Modern Mentoring?

Traditional mentoring has evolved to keep up with the ever-changing workforce. With newer generations entering the workforce and new skills being learned, there are several types of modern mentoring that have become popular. But, many organizations struggle with knowing how and when to implement the... More

December 20, 2018

3 Tips to Promote a Successful Mentoring Relationship

Implementing a mentoring program inside the workplace has proven to be a great way to improve company culture and work ethics for individuals. However, there can be times when a mentoring relationship doesnít function effectively. This will cause you to miss out on the expected benefits of your prog... More

December 13, 2018

6 Tips to Increase Mentoring Engagement

A successful mentoring program has many benefits for the organization, the mentor and the mentee. To see these benefits, the program must have an administrator that oversees its success from start to finish. This insures that the mentoring program is headed in the right direction and that the partic... More

December 07, 2018

Women in Mentoring: The Mentee

Did you know that gender diversity on an executive level enhances an organizationís performance? When researching women in management, we found that women only hold 24% of senior roles across the globe, and that there is an abundance of global organizations that do not have women in any senior posit... More

November 30, 2018

Women in Mentoring: The Mentor

Have you ever wondered why we see more men as mentors? We believe this is because mentors are usually in a senior position and we often see more men occupying those positions. In fact, studies have shown that men are 40% more likely to be promoted to senior positions than women, so they would also b... More

November 21, 2018

Building an Alumni Network that Works for your Alumni

Historically, organizations have looked at exiting employees as a loss. They watched as the time, money, and resources invested in that employee just simply walked out of the door and both parties moved on. But what if you didnít have to completely lose that employee? Many organizations are taking a... More

November 16, 2018

Modern Mentoring: Where has the Evolution of Mentoring Led Us?

Traditional mentoring is evolving with the advancements in technology that are making their way into the workplace. These evolved types of mentoring have been termed modern mentoring. Modern mentoring has become a popular way for organizations to attract and retain younger generations of employees... More

November 09, 2018

Measuring the Success of Your Mentoring Program

Over the past decade, wehave seenanincrease in the number oforganizationsthat want toincorporatementoringinto their culture.This is because mentoring continuously proves to be effective in employee development, engagement efforts, and encouraging employees to connect with one another. While the... More

November 02, 2018

3 Ways to Increase Millennial Engagement Through Mentoring

Itís been said that Millennials are the least engaged generation in the workplace, and some studies are proving that to be true. In fact, itís been found that only 29% of millennials are engaged at work. Why does that statistic matter? Because engaged millennials are 64% less likely to say they will... More

October 25, 2018

The Do's and Don'ts of Mentoring Millennials

Did you know that 79%of Millennialsbelieve thatmentorship programs are crucialto theircareer success? Thatís a large percentage and one that organizations should be paying attention to. But is it enough just to have a mentoring program for your millennial workforce? We donít think so. Millennial... More

October 19, 2018

Mentoring: Creating a Positive Company Culture

According to a Deloittestudy, 94% of executives and 88% of employees believe a distinctcompanyculture is important to business success.Company culture is illustrated by employee attitudes toward the company, as well as overall values and work ethic. These executives and employees stress the impo... More

October 18, 2018

5 Ways to Attract and Maintain Millennial Talent

53%of hiring managers say itís difficult to find and retain millennials. With the quick growth rate of millennials entering the workforce, we find this challenge costing organizations billions of dollars every year. Luckily, weíve found 5 ways to combat the challenge of attracting and retaining mi... More

October 05, 2018

How a Corporate Alumni Network Can Save Your Organization Time and Money

Did you know that it costs half as much to rehire former employees as opposed to recruiting new ones? Your alumni network has access to top leaders and mentors, and they can bring some big benefits to your organization. Whether these former employees want to share their experience about your comp... More

September 29, 2018

The Benefits of Knowledge Sharing Through Your Corporate Alumni Network

As youíve read in previous articles, mentoring is a great knowledge sharing source for your employees, but so is your corporate alumni network. There are many benefits to keeping an actively connected alumni network, such as gaining access to more skilled workers and raising brand awareness. However... More

September 21, 2018

3 Types of Mentor Matching: Pros and Cons

There are several methods that can be used in the mentor matching process. No matter which method your organization chooses, we recommend simplifying the process by using mentor matching software. When using this software to facilitate mentor-matching, you should also recognize your top priorities... More

September 13, 2018

4 Common Challenges: Coaching is the Solution

There are several reasons why your organization may not be progressing the way you intended. Organizations face challenges every day. In the past, weíve pin-pointed these challenges and how different types of learning and development strategies can produce solutions. Today we turn our focus to coac... More

September 06, 2018

4 Tips to Help Mentors Increase Engagement in Their Mentoring Relationship

Mentoring relationships, or mentorships, are the foundation of career development for employees, but theyíre only effective if both you and your mentee are engaged. Some mentorships can start off rocky, but if you feel like yours isnít working out, donít say good-bye just yet! From research done by... More

August 30, 2018

3 Benefits of Diversity Mentoring

You always hear about how diversity improves the workplace, but has your organization made the adjustment? Although your company may be doing well with the same demographic working throughout the office, a more diverse work-space can only improve productivity. You'd be surprised at what can be accom... More

August 21, 2018

Tips for Building an Engaged Alumni Network

Corporate alumni networks have been around for years, but recently, there has been renewed interest in harnessing their power. According to the Society of Human Resource Management, over 20% of employees transition job roles every year, and this number will continue to rise. No wonder so many comp... More

August 15, 2018

5 Tips for Mentoring Managers

Building an optimal workplace can be a challenge, especially when finding the right employees and managers. Good managers recognize their duties to their employees and understand the most appropriate way to handle conflict. However, even the best managers need to grow. One way to build on these mana... More

August 09, 2018

How to Increase Employee Engagement Through Coaching

Employee engagement can be one of the most critical aspects in the success of an organization. When an employee loves their company and is motivated to make a positive contribution, their hard work reflects this engagement. This is equally true when an employee is under performing and is less e... More

August 01, 2018

The Impact of Bad Mentor Matching

Engaged employees are the backbone of every successful organization. Implementing a mentoring program focuses on employees that are willing to learn and grow with the company. These employees become more engaged through their mentoring relationship and tend to have longer retention rates. It's been ... More

July 27, 2018

3 Tips to Create a Successful Relationship in Diversity Mentoring

Diversity is crucial in the workplace as it opens doors to unique thoughts and ideas, creates exposure to various work styles, and promotes stronger communication throughout the workforce. When it comes to encouraging diversity within your workforce, there are many aspects that should be taken into... More

July 19, 2018

6 Tips for Choosing Your Coaching Participants

The big decision has been made, youíve decided to invest in a coaching program for your organization, but you are not done yet. Now, it is time for the next step- choosing the participants. You may start to wonder if it really matters who you choose to be coached, and the answer is yes, it does. T... More

July 12, 2018

Attracting Millennials to your Corporate Alumni Network

Millennials are the elusive generation that everyone seems to be chasing. They are shaping the workplaces of tomorrow and demanding more from the organizations that they join. Their values have made an extreme impact on company culture and looking deeper into the value that you can provide them. W... More

July 05, 2018

Finding the Perfect Mentor

The mentor and mentee are equally important for the success of a mentoring relationship, but because the mentee is going to see the most benefits, they tend to outnumber the available mentors. This leads to a problem with finding the perfect mentor for every mentee. With the advances made in men... More

June 29, 2018

5 Ways to Develop Career Capital

When people hear the word capital, they usually think about money, but did you know that you can develop career capital? Career capital are the rare and valuable skills that you have that can be used as leverage in defining your career. To get that amazing career that youívebeen dreaming of, you m... More

June 22, 2018

5 Tips to Help You Find Time For Mentoring

If Iím being honest, Iím not great at prioritizing, especially when I feel like I donít have enough time. Exercising is one of those things that gets pushed to the bottom of my priority list. I know that I need to exercise, but it just seems like I never have the time. Iím sure there are a lot of pe... More

June 07, 2018

Advice from Our Expert: 4 Tips to Become a Successful Mentor

In the past we have discussed how an individual can be a good mentor but being a good mentor doesnít always mean that they are a successful mentor. A good mentor understands what they need to do to help their mentee grow, while a successful mentor also focuses on how they can also grow throughout th... More

May 31, 2018

Improving Your Company Culture Through Mentoring

Did you know, statistics have shown that a companyís culture has a direct impact on employee turnover? According to a Columbia University study, when companies have a poor culture, 48.4% of employees start looking for a job. When turnover increases, productivity and profitability decrease. This is... More

May 22, 2018

Bringing Gender Diversity to Your Leadership Team Through Mentoring

In todayís business world, only 5.4% of S&P 500 companies have placed a woman as their CEO. In some minds, it may seem like this means that having a woman in a leadership role means these organizations are less successful, but that is not the case. Staples, Progressive, Cambellís and General M... More

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